No expired licenses at Times-Mirror Square?

June 22, 2007

I hope City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo is on vacation and not reading the paper, because the LA Times goes after him again today. Thank goodness they have the space to print story after story after story about somebody having an invalid driver’s license. It’s not like they were previously using the space to report on actual news.

Does anyone know why the Tribune, er, LA Times, wants Rocky’s head on a platter? It’s not enough that he lost his statewide race and has few prospects for where to turn when he’s termed out next year?

Are the paper’s journalistic resources contacting everyone else in LA City Hall and asking them if they have ever driven on an expired license, or had an employee who helped run personal errands?

I guess no one in Chicago — or in the Times headquarters — does such things.

Why is the Times gunning for Rocky?

June 20, 2007

The LA Times’ war against City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo continues this morning with another front-page assault:  this one accuses him of using office staff to babysit and run personal errands.  Is the Times planning to conduct the same investigation about every officeholder in LA City Hall?  If not, isn’t this selective prosecution?

The city attorney is not our favorite public figure.  His 2001 victory over Mike Feuer was fueled by favors from the billboard industry.  His 2006 campaign for attorney general did not come off very well.  But seeing the guy triple-teamed by the Times (on just one recent day, there was a front-page attack article, an attack editorial, and an attack column by Steve Lopez) makes us feel a bit sorry for him.